Connection Telecom and Digital Connect have merged their operations and will trade under the brand name Connection Telecom.
The new company, effective from 1 January, will continue in its focus to distribute and support the Asterisk open source PBX solutions and the Digium products and services into Africa and will be lead by CEO Yaron Assabi.
“This merger sees two highly competitive and skilled companies coming together to deliver enhanced solutions to our customer base with a national reach and superior depth of market expertise,” says Assabi.
“While our vision remains the same – to deliver alternative IP communication solutions that free business from the proprietary world and its associated vendor lock-in – going forward customers will now have access to a broader product set, greater local support and of course increased understanding of the telecommunications landscape to ensure that their company remains competitive.”
With offices in Johannesburg and Cape Town and active reach into Namibia and kwaZulu Natal, group chairman David Meintjes states that the company today is well positioned to offer advanced IP communications solutions, underpinned by its commitment to ongoing local product research and development and a strong channel base that will transform and accelerate an organisation’s ability to make the right decisions at the right time.
Leading brands like Clickatell and Metropolitan Life already utilise Connection Telecom’s Asterisk PBX solution, ensuring the company has created a stronger focused-approach to its target markets with a wider product range.
“Current depth of experience already exists in the public, financial services, health care, call centre and quick service restaurant sectors, which is underpinned by our staff compliment of the leading experts in Asterisk and open source solutions in South Africa,” adds Assabi.
Connect Telecom remains a black-empowered entity through the FastComm group’s 30% equity ownership of the company and directors Rob Lith and Stephen Davies remain at the company.
“Our belief is that this merger will continue to see Connection Telecom drive solid market results, cementing our position as a trusted and credible open source IP communications brand in South Africa,” says Assabi.